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Pinnacle Announces the Acquisition of Uvalde County Farmers Co-operative

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 -

Knippa, TX, May 21, 2014  –  Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, LLC (“Pinnacle”) has successfully acquired certain assets of Uvalde County Farmers Co-operative (“Uvalde Co-op”).  Uvalde Co-op will operate as part of Pinnacle's Sanders brand ("Sanders").  Located in Knippa, Texas, Uvalde Co-op is a farm input and supply company that has been serving area growers for over 39 years. 

Formed as a non-profit association, Uvalde Co-op has been servicing the Winter Garden area since November, 1975.  Originally formed with 38 members, Uvalde Co-op has grown to 114 active members and is a certified public grain warehouse engaged in buying and selling wheat, grain sorghum, corn, and sesame.  Uvalde Co-op is also the largest domestic provider of sesame for Sesaco Corporation.  The acquisition of Uvalde Co-op’s seed, fertilizer and crop protection assets will enhance Sanders’ retail presence in the southern Texas market. 

The new Sanders location will remain at 209 West Main Street, Knippa, TX 78870, and will be managed by Bonnie Turner.  Turner’s background includes seven years with Crop Production Services, Inc. and ten years with Helena Chemical Company.  All other employees of Uvalde Co-op will retain their current positions under the new ownership.

“We are extremely excited about the innovative opportunities and high level of service that Sanders will bring to our area growers,” said Bonnie Turner, Location Manager.  “The Winter Garden region is very diverse, and our planting season is year-round with everything from vegetables and small grains to pastureland, corn, and cotton. We are very excited to be a part of Sanders and will uphold their high standard of quality in servicing our customers.”

Uvalde Co-op Board President, Carl Muecke, Jr. said, “The board members of Uvalde Co-op would like to thank all of our customers and friends for the years of continued support. We have been blessed to serve our community, and we look forward to the wide range of products, services and innovation that Sanders will bring to our local growers.”

“We are delighted about purchasing the agronomy assets of Uvalde County Co-op,” said John Williams, Sanders' Area Operations Manager.  “We look forward to working with area growers who produce some of the highest cotton yields in the state, not to mention vegetable and grain production and livestock operations.  We are confident that the farmers Uvalde Co-op has served so well will experience a seamless transition and will continue to receive the excellent service they have come to know in meeting all of their crop input needs.”

Knippa is Sanders’ twenty-third Texas retail location offering custom fertilizer blends, seed, and crop protection products, and award-winning precision agriculture services through Sanders’ proprietary OptiGro® system. 

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About Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, LLC

Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, LLC is a best-in-class agricultural retail distribution business created through acquisitions and greenfield retail establishments.  The company operates through its Sanders, Providence Agriculture, AgOne Application Services, and Innvictis brands, serving growers across 17 states.  Pinnacle is multifaceted in its operations, which include seed production and sales, agricultural chemical distribution, bulk handling of fertilizer, precision agriculture services, and general merchandise for the farming, livestock, and wildlife industries. 

For more information contact:

John Williams, Area Operations Manager
Sanders
(956) 428-0575
john.williams@sanders.com

Bonnie Turner, Location Manager
Sanders
(830) 934-2720
bonnie.turner@sanders.com